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This is one of the most popular search questions about sustainability on the Web.

There is no one definition although a popular one cited is the Brundtland Commission of the United Nations of March 20, 1987: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”  The soul of sustainability is our interconnectedness of Mother Earth and her children through to the next seven generations. 

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Sustainability 101: Exponential Growth by Dr. Albert Bartlett

Professor Bartlett explains "sustainability" in the context of the First Law of Sustainability. Problems at local, national, and global levels are all tied together with arithmetic. And our greatest shortcoming is our inability to understand the exponential function. 

Dr. Albert Bartlett discusses the implications of unending growth on economies, population, and resources. Presented at UBC on 5/19/2011. For more information, see http://www.AlBartlett.org .

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